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Chanta is the coziest restaurant in Tampa, and provides a European dining experience

outdoor dining setup at a European restaurant
Chanta's charming new outdoor patio

Chanta Restaurant is a dreamy culinary gem in Tampa. The food here is exquisite, but the charming team behind Chanta put a lot of TLC into ensuring the experience and aesthetic inside match the power of its menu. Back in 2022, the website Cheapism listed Chanta in its story covering the coziest restaurants in every state. Another notch in Tampa’s foodie belt. While the site might not be the most esteemed, I’m all for highlighting under-the-radar gems in Tampa.

Make sure you’re following them on Facebook for the most up-to-date hours, and new menu specials.


Chanta is family-owned and super charming

“But when Chanta’s owners are in town they serve a mean goulash soup; Romanian stew with polenta, cheese, and fried egg; or wiener schnitzel, delivered to charming rough-hewn wooden tables surrounded by brick and leaning wagon wheels,” writes reviewer Alisha on Cheapism.

One of the most coveted seats in the city is the cozy chair in front of the fireplace. Do you need an even warmer invitation to visit Chanta? Just read this note from the owners:

“We would like to invite you to enjoy dinner in little Europe. Our restaurant is fully family-owned. You will meet the grandma who’s cooking every day at the restaurant, you will enjoy our freshly baked bread and delicious food!”


One of the most unique dining experiences in Tampa

Celebrated appetizers include the grilled eggplant spread, deep-fried zucchini, and homemade bread with butter.

Something almost totally unique to Chanta is their Romanian stew with polenta. You won’t find this delicious specialty anywhere else in the city. The combination of the pork stew, the polenta (made out of corn), the fried egg, and the feta cheese on top is to die for.

I’m a dessert person, so I highly recommend you save room for a jam-stuffed crepe, or maybe a slice of apple cake. Visit their website to browse the entire menu.

Chanta Restaurant, 113 South Hyde Park Avenue

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